January 19, 2009

Remember So We Never Forget

A lot has been written and said about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a great man. He was a brave man. He was committed to human rights. He was necessary to this world. He still is. Today is a celebration of his spirit and what he was all about – that included helping others - through MLK Day.

His life was cut short because of misunderstanding and ignorance.

It takes people like Dr. King to remind us why we are here and what our responsibilities are as a part of the human race. There is much talk about the economy and conflict around the world. We should never stop striving to make things better.

Tomorrow, Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States. This is not about the first man of color to achieve this office; it is not about a man of average means reaching for a near impossible goal. It is about how this event can inspire us.

Someone asked me the other day what inspires me about Barack Obama. It’s simple - he inspires all of us. He admits he cannot solve any of this alone. That was proven with his choice in Joe Biden as Vice President.

He means it when he says that we all need to do our part. This is not about the United States of America - this is about every country. I can speak confidently as a proud Canadian that there is a multitude here who are proud of Barrack Obama.

Today and tomorrow we celebrate two great men.

But more importantly, we celebrate ourselves.


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